The Marlins manager was quoted in Time as stating that he loves Fidel Castro and is amazed that he stayed in power for so long.
“I’ve already talked to people. I think it’s the proper thing they can see my eyes and they can ask whatever question they want.
The sooner the better for the ballclub. Not for the ballclub but for me.
“We’ll let them know exactly what happened what is going in my mind and what I believe.”
(Are you surprised by the reaction this has gotten)
“Not really. I talked to the media in Cincinnati about it. I expected that this is going to happen. I feel bad because … I don’t want to say it was out of context but it was kind of a cheap shot. I got to face it.
“Listen, the reason I want to go there tomorrow is beacuse it will make me feel good and I want poeple to feel good about themselves…
“I want peope to look in my eyes, look at my face and see what is going on, tell them what the deal was…
“I feel bad…
“I feel sad. For a couple of days (felt bad in ) the stomach. Not because of what I did but because I hurt a lot of people. I want to get that thing over with. I told the Marlins I want to fly as soon as I can. Tomorrow is the day off. I don’t do anything in Philadelphia. I’d rather be in Miami to clear everything up.”
(have you spoken to owner Jeffrey Loria?)
“No. I talked to David. I said I want to fly out of here tonight. I think that’s the best for everyone…”
(You don’t think this will affect your job security?)
“I hope not. But if that happens, hey… (Shrugs his shoulders) I don’t think. Why? What is…
“Listen, I’m Latino. I’ve lived in Miami … I know how people feel about that. Ive got a lot of friends, a lot of players who p[lay for me, They know who I am. They know how I feel. They know what I mean…
“I just talked to Felo (Ramirez, the Marlins’ Cuban-born Spanish-language radio broadcaster). The worst, the saddest part of this was to apologize to Felo Ramirez. That was hard. And I did. Face to face.
“And Yiky (Luis Quintana, Felo’s radio partner)… He was laughing, kind of like ‘Don’t worry about it.’..
“But every Cuban-born that I know, they know who I am…
“I have to wear it. I have to face it. I have to grab the bull by the horn and I will tomorrow.’’
“I feel very guilty about it and very sad and very embarrassed.’’
He said he will talk to “anybody who wants to be there, man.’’…
“I only worry about, can I sleep at night? The last three days, no, I couldn’t. I couldn’t sleep because I know how I feel and I know what I believe. I know what I meant to (say). If people want to believe me, they have the right to not.
“I don’t want to put the (Time Magazine writer) on the spot. The interview was about sports, not about politics. And it is what it is.
(about his press conference)
“That’s the reason I don’t want to make a statement… That’s the reason I want to be myself. I don’t want anybody on the Marlins, my family… You know a lot of people when they go to do something they have his wife next to him or they have somebody next to him? No. I’m going to be there by myself. And I don’t want anybody’s support. I want the Cuban people to understand and believe what I say. Because what I’ve got to say is 100 percent true. And very honest.”